Baer caps late flurry in McDaniel’s 11-10 win over Elizabethtown

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Brittany Baer (Westminster, Md./Westminster) capped her fourth hat trick in as many games this season, breaking a 10-all deadlock with 42.8 seconds remaining and lifting McDaniel to an 11-10 victory over Elizabethtown in non-conference women’s lacrosse action on Tuesday.

            For the Green Terror (3-1), it was the third consecutive one-goal game and in each contest the game-winning goal was scored in the final 1:12.
            Jennifer Stone (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) and Kelly Scheleer (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) also added three-goal performances while Lindsey McDonald (Germantown, Md./Damascus) added two goals and two assists. Baer also had two helpers.
            Katie Foley led the Blue Jays (2-1) with four goals and an assist.
            Trailing 10-9 after Elizabethtown reeled off four straight goals, Scheler finished a Chelsea Ferruzzi (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) feed with 2:49 to play to knot the game.
            After Stone won the ensuing draw control, the Green Terror possessed the ball until McDonald found Baer in the front of the cage for her 17th tally of the season and McDonald’s 12th assist.
            The Blue Jays’ Stephanie Kreis had a chance to even the game in the final 30 seconds but Leanne Hollinger (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) made her 15th save of the game to preserve the victory.
            Elizabethtown, behind goals from Megan Byrnes and Anna Ford 33 seconds apart, opened up a 2-0 lead just 1:57 into the contest before Scheler finished a solo run to pull the hosts within one midway through the period.
            Two straight Foley goals stretched the lead to 4-1 with 9:18 to play in the opening half but the Green Terror reeled off five straight over the final 1:22 of the first half and first 6:15 of the second to take a 6-4 advantage.
            McDonald had both tallies in the first half while Stone capped the burst with two of her goals. Baer evened the game at 4-all just 50 ticks into the second stanza.
            A Scheler unassisted goal sandwiched between tallies by Foley and Byrnes made it a 7-6 game with 16:55 to play.
            With 13:26 showing, Baer lobbed a pass to Stone over a defender and Stone converted to stretch the lead back to two before Baer converted a free-position shot 31 seconds later to push the lead to 9-6.
            A Maria DeMatteo free-position goal 33 seconds later started a three-goal flurry over a 2-minute, 16-second span that pulled the Blue Jays even.
            Katie Caprinolo hit a free-position shot with 3:40 to play, giving Elizabethtown its final lead before the late McDaniel rally.
            Baer added five draw controls and six ground balls while Ferruzzi had four draw controls.
            The Blue Jays finished with a 32-20 advantage in shots and 30-19 edge in ground balls.
            McDaniel returns to action at Catholic on Thursday. Game time is 4 p.m.
Score by Half                                1          2          -           F
Elizabethtown (2-1)                       4          6          -           10
McDaniel (3-1)                              3          8          -           11
Elizabethtown: Katie Foley 4, Anna Ford 2, Megan Byrnes 2, Katie Caprinolo, Maria DeMatteo.
McDaniel: Brittany Baer 3, Kelly Scheler 3, Jennifer Stone 3, Lindsey McDonald 2.
Elizabethtown: Foley, Ford, Sarah Behounek, Kelsea Kozak, Stephanie Kreis.
McDaniel: McDonald 2, Baer 2, Scheler, Chelsea Ferruzzi.
Shots: E 32, M 20. Ground Balls: E 30, M 19. Goalies: E (Jenn Hawkins 60:00 – 5 saves, 11 GA); M (Leanne Hollinger 60:00 – 15 saves, 10 GA). Caused Turnovers: E 10, M 7. Turnovers: E 18, M 29. Draw Controls: E 8, M 15. Free Position: E 2 of 7, M 2 of 4.